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29 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Review: Heart spins magic on new album ‘Red Velvet Car’

Red Velvet Car

Red Velvet Car

MassLive.com: Heart, “Red Velvet Car” (Legacy). 3 ½ stars.

On their first new studio album in six years and their best new album in ages, sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart balance the cool allure of acoustic instrumentation with enough grinding rockers to match the magic of their early years.

Too often overlooked and underappreciated among the mega-metropolitan elite, the Wilson sisters have nevertheless been a hugely influential force on rock and this disc could offer a blueprint to a lot of new acts looking to get their feet off the ground.

Back on a Sony-related label for the first time since 1983, Heart sparkles on cuts that include the scorching “WTF,” the acoustic-based beauty “Hey You,” and the sizzling “Wheels,” all of which fit neatly alongside their earlier classics like “Barracuda” and “Magic Man.”

“WTF” has some particularly touching lyrics, includes the line “The hardest thing you’ll ever learn is what bridge to cross and what bridge to burn,” which was directly inspired by journal writings from the Wilsons’ late mother who passed away about four years ago.

Ann’s voice can still rip a roof off a house and Nancy’s work with producer Ben Mink on instruments such as autoharp, guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo and more, offer a mesmerizing soundscape throughout the 10-song disc.

29 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

SeattlePI review of Red Velvet Car

Red Velvet Car

Red Velvet Car

SeatlePI: […] It’s the intimacy that just floors me each time I listen to the album. I truly felt as though I had somehow slipped into a jam session as a fly on the wall… soaking up the music and the tales. Red Velvet Car will be released on August 31, 2010 and I would encourage anyone who’s heard Heart in the past to pick up a copy. It’s another great album from Ann, Nancy, and the band to listen to over and over again. More from this review

29 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Amazon.com MP3: RVC with 2 live tracks and 1 video

Amazon.com also sells music in mp3 format, just like iTunes. The version of Red Velvet Car they’re releasing has some extra’s! “Never” and “Magic Man” live from Seattle 2010  and the video for WTF.

Listen below (video cannot be previewed, but is available on YouYube and Vevo):

28 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

About.com: Red Velvet Car 5 stars!

Red Velvet Car

Red Velvet Car

About.com Classic Rock: Let’s be honest here. Speaking from experience, if you were a young heterosexual male in the ’70s, you were probably attracted to Heart primarily because they were fronted by two very attractive young women. The fact that sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson were exceptionally talented was a bonus. They’re older now (albeit no less attractive) but the wisdom of age allows us once-young men to experience a new appreciation for the musical portion of the equation.

What’ll it be?

Aside from their musical and physical attributes, the lead vocalist (Ann) and principal lyricist/guitarist (Nancy) brought something stylistically new: a fusion of folk and hard rock. They also put on a whale of a live show. Their debut album (not coincidentally, released on Valentine’s Day 1976) was an immediate hit, rising to #7 on the U.S. album chart. Although there would be even greater chart success among the 11 studio albums that followed, it was Dreamboat Annie that firmly established the band and produced several of what would become their signature songs: “Magic Man”, “Crazy On You” and the title track.

There were ups and downs, and a lot of turnover among the non-Wilson members of the band, but Heart are not just surviving, they’re thriving in 2010. They’ve been touring extensively the past couple of years, and are celebrating the 34th anniversary of their first studio album with the release of their 13th, Red Velvet Car.

Based on the pre-release publicity, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It spoke of an “acoustic approach” and made much of the “assortment of strings” employed, including “guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo, fiddle, cello and autoharp.” Was this going to be the Heart we’ve known and loved (and lusted after) all these years, or a venture into some experimental realm?

Listen to your Heart

Forget acoustic. The opening track, “There You Go” isn’t raucous but it is intense, melodically and lyrically. It showcases some of that great Ann-Nancy family harmony. After the cerebral intensity of the opening cut, “WTF” smacks you in the face with drums, electric guitar and some of Ann’s best gravelly growling.“Red Velvet Car” is pure blues. Forget the girly-girl implications of the title. It’s bluesy-blues – hypnotic and, yes, sexy. “Queen City” is a combination autobiography and tribute to the band’s hometown, Seattle. The imagery of “keeping afloat in a leaky boat” is compelling. “Hey You” is interesting because it employs multiple styles. It starts out with a bit of a country flavor, but then suddenly (but seamlessly) erupts into a ’60s pop sound. The story (broken hearted lover) fits both. My first impression of “Wheels” was that it sounded like it could be part of a movie soundtrack. Then I read an interview with Ann in which she explained that it actually evolved from a song they were “trying to write” for the movie, Midnight Run. This one keeps your attention because it makes you want to know how the story turns out. The folk influence is much in evidence in “Safronia’s Mark”, which Nancy describes as a “gypsy folk urchin song and another Seattle story.” It has a slightly supernatural quality to it that draws you in.

A rare exception is Heart

As the title implies, “Death Valley” is not a happy song. It is (in more or less equal parts) about life on the road, and the allegorical “bad trips” we all take as we stumble through life. Nancy wrote “Sunflower” for (and about) Ann as a birthday present. Like the back story, the lyrics are touching. “Sand” is the only song on the album that wasn’t written specifically for Red Velvet Car. The Wilsons recorded it in the early ’90s with an acoustic group they put together called The Lovemongers. The song is about endings, and makes a great closing track.

This album is as good as rock gets, and Heart sounds as good as they ever have.

Like most people, I have three or four favorites on any given album that are the ones I primarily listen to. Rarely does every song get equal replay. Red Velvet Car is one of those rare exceptions. About.com uses a five-star rating system for reviews. In the five years that I’ve been writing these reviews, I have only given one perfect score (for Bob Seger’s Face the Promise.) I hereby award the second one to Heart for Red Velvet Car.

28 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Rock Jam 2010: NBC11 News reports

MACK, Colo (KKCO) – They’ve sold millions of records worldwide, have recorded more than a dozen albums, and have written countless chart topping songs — and Thursday night, Heart added another accolade to their incredible career: being the first female rockers to headline Rock Jam.

11 News Reporter Tim Ciesco got to sit down with leading ladies Ann and Nancy Wilson before their set.

11 News: You two are pretty much the first big time female rockers and you’re the first female rockers to headline Rock Jam

Ann: Really? Is that right? Wow

11 News: How would you characterize the progression of women in rock and where do you think you fit in to that?

Ann: We fit right in because we’re women in rock, that’s where we fit into the women in rock thing (laughs). I think women have come a long way in rock but it’s been incremental. It’s not important that women get ahead, it’s important that men and women are equal and standing side by side. If that’s what we helped to do, then right on.

11 News: I want to talk about your song Alone. You can’t turn on TV and not hear this song somewhere, whether it be American Idol or Glee or whatever. Why do you think this song is still so popular today and how do you feel knowing that it is still popular?

Nancy: I think a good song does stand the test of time and it just speaks well for the song itself, I think. It’s one of those humanly aching, romantic songs that could have been written in any era. And I think it speaks to the heart of everybody — no pun intended — but it really does. We’re now trying to remind people that we’re the ones who did it first (laughs). Everybody does it now. It’s really cool and it’s a great song.

11 News: Next week, your new album Red Velvet Car comes out. What can you tell us about that?

Ann: It’s a great record. The album drops August 31 and it’s our first studio album in six years. It’s our thirteenth studio album in our career. This album is special because every song on it is written by Nancy and I and our producer Ben Mink. All the songs are autobiographical. Everything on there is about something that’s happened to us or someone that we would like to say something to, really. So you know, it isn’t just like a bunch of stuff we grab out of the air, reading the newspaper, I mean this is all real stuff. So that’s why people should listen to it.

11 News: Why should people go buy it?

Nancy: If you like authentic rock n’ roll that’s original and vital and it’s not digitally constructed — it’s a little different from a lot of things you get these days. It’s very earthy and human although it’s quite heavy, acoustic rock at the same time. Everybody seems to so far really be liking what they hear. We’ve had so much positive feedback already that it’s a good indication that a lot people might really like it.”

28 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Heart at Denver’s Paramount Theatre: these chicks still rock

Tour 2010

Tour 2010

Examiner.com: When a band that was packing arenas in the 1980s comes to do a show in 2010 in one of the more modest-sized venues in town, it can be either exciting or heartbreaking. Is this going to be one of those time-warp shows where a past-its-prime rock band plays all their old hits for the same people who came to their shows 30 years ago, with everyone trying in vain to return to the glory days?

But when Heart, the consummate big-hair, rock-chick duo of the 80’s, played Thursday night at Denver’s Paramount Theatre, it was definitely not one of those shows.

After a half-hour opening set from Denver local indie singer/songwriter Laura Brehm, Heart took the stage with a full band and high energy, to the delight of the fans. Along with a full array of crowd favorites, they also played a fair number of songs from an upcoming all-new record, Red Velvet Car, set to be released August 31. The songs they introduced were surprisingly current, a blend of acoustic roots and straight-up rock, and while the ladies acted their age on some of them, at other times they gave the young whipper-snappers a run for their money.

Throughout the show, the Wilson sisters reminded fans why they’d been popular in the first place. Nancy’s flawless guitar work and Ann’s still-stellar vocals–backed by a world-class band–made for a well-designed show that completely fit the size of the venue. High points of the show included a stripped-down version of “Alone” and rocking crowd faves “Crazy on You” and “Barracuda.” Possibly the most powerful moment of the show came during the encore, when the band closed the show with a moving cover of The Who’s “Reign O’er Me.”

Yes, Heart played a lot of old hits, and yes, it was apparent that everyone is a few years older. But far from being a has-been rock-chick duo–it was also crystal clear that these chicks can still rock.

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28 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Heart hits the road with “Red Velvet Car”

Red Velvet Car

Red Velvet Car

Looks like we can expect some December shows as well to be announced soon! Here´s the article from Reuters:

Nancy Wilson of Heart says the travel aspect of touring remains “just as hard” after almost four decades. “But the sweeter thing,” she adds, “is to still be doing it.”

She and sister Ann Wilson are touring in support of their first studio album in six years, “Red Velvet Car” (Sony Legacy, August 31). Written on the road and featuring the act’s signature rock sound with deep acoustic currents, the album is gaining traction on adult contemporary radio with “Hey You.”

“The heat at radio reminds me of the old days,” Nancy says. “It’s good to see stations adding it and people requesting a simple love song I’ve had in my back pocket for quite a while.”

Guitarist Nancy and singer Ann have quite a few previous hits in their back pockets. Co-founders of ’70s-spawned Seattle band Heart, the sibling frontwomen/songwriters forged a gateway for female rockers. Among the act’s 21 top 40 hits: “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “These Dreams” and 1987’s “Alone,” which has become a favourite of “American Idol” contestants.

“‘American Idol,’ Fergie doing ‘Barracuda,’ ‘Guitar Hero’ … all the different imprints of the songs we did in the ’70s and ’80s are connecting the dots, bringing a new generation to our live shows,” Nancy says. “We’ve even seen people showing up with kids 10 years and younger.”

In addition to a headlining tour through September, Heart is set to guest on “ShopNBC” (August 29), “Today” (August 31), “Fox & Friends” (September 1), “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (September 2) and NPR’s “Weekend Edition” (September 4). The band will head back on the road in November and December.

“We have to get this baby born and on the map,” Nancy says. “It’s our calling.”

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